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The old switcheroo.
June 22, 2011 10:26 AM   Subscribe

Photographer Hana Pesut pulls a switcheroo.via
posted by mrducts (25 comments total) 13 users marked this as a favorite

 
That messes with my brain.
posted by LoudMusic at 10:27 AM on June 22, 2011


I like how the clothes stay in the same place and the people move.
posted by ThatCanadianGirl at 10:29 AM on June 22, 2011 [1 favorite]


Am I right in thinking that there's no digital trickery here, and she's just taking pictures of people trading clothes?
posted by Faint of Butt at 10:30 AM on June 22, 2011


Funny enough, this similar idea showed up on reddit yesterday...
posted by GuyZero at 10:32 AM on June 22, 2011 [1 favorite]


These people are all similarly shaped.
posted by Apropos of Something at 10:36 AM on June 22, 2011


Love love love this. My photographic mojo is woefully hiding somewhere far away from here, so posts like this are like crack.

I sort of wish the subjects had left their hair the same, so the only changing thing was the clothes, but that's being picky. And while I also noted that all the body shapes are similar (which is something I always notice, since I am not similar to any of the shapes traditionally depicted in media and art), it didn't really bother me, cos it seems part of the constraints of the experiment (a word the artist herself uses on her info page). I got the sense the series was less about body objectification, and more about gender roles, and people's perceptions thereof.

OK, I am starting to annoy my own self. Cool post.
posted by flyingsquirrel at 10:40 AM on June 22, 2011


Apropos of Something: "These people are all similarly shaped."
Mostly.
posted by gilrain at 10:40 AM on June 22, 2011


Am I the only one wondering where they changed their clothes?
posted by TinWhistle at 10:42 AM on June 22, 2011


see also
posted by blue_beetle at 10:43 AM on June 22, 2011


Am I the only one wondering where they changed their clothes?

Presuming they kept their underwear on and aren't particularly shy - I could imagine them changing their clothes on the spot, actually. I've changed in public before, no biggie. Changed on the side of the road on my way to a wedding once, actually (we were late).
posted by antifuse at 10:49 AM on June 22, 2011


flyingsquirrel: I sort of wish the subjects had left their hair the same, so the only changing thing was the clothes

I actually thought the switching the hair was one of the things that made them more interesting - especially on that 11th set of pictures with the couple on the rock by the sea.
posted by Slack-a-gogo at 10:51 AM on June 22, 2011


I like how they changed hair styles as well as clothes; this helps with the (confusing) effect.

Good stuff.
posted by el io at 10:51 AM on June 22, 2011


Oh I agree about the hair! Sorry that wasn't clear. I think it's my OCD that wanted the hair to be the same, but the way the men changed it up was truly wonderful (the buns!).
posted by flyingsquirrel at 10:54 AM on June 22, 2011


But did you notice the dancing gorilla that walked between them when they switched?
posted by Astro Zombie at 10:56 AM on June 22, 2011 [6 favorites]


Wonderful... at first I was, like, oh, the heads have been switched... then it clicked... so cool. What a great concept. Interesting how well switching the clothes worked on some individuals.
posted by kinnakeet at 11:08 AM on June 22, 2011


"Ok, how does a man wearing a hat like that get a girlfriend like that?"

Sorry, that so overwhelmed my thinking that it was the only thing I took away from this series.
posted by 1adam12 at 11:18 AM on June 22, 2011


Surprised at the shoes fitting in all of them.
posted by odinsdream at 12:16 PM on June 22, 2011


More proof that men's clothes, for the most part, are just unisex clothes, while women's clothes are very much women-specific.
posted by gurple at 12:16 PM on June 22, 2011


The dude in the fifth set down sure has some nice legs.
posted by Halloween Jack at 1:28 PM on June 22, 2011 [1 favorite]


Nice! I wonder if the pairs knew in advance that this is what was going to happen -- the photographer might have just put out a call for "couples who are somewhat similar in size", as if the project was going to just focus on the aesthetics of that. If they'd known beforehand that they'd be switching clothes, I bet some of them would have requested that their partners wear different things than what we see here.
posted by lisa g at 5:51 PM on June 22, 2011


I like this idea a lot, but I wish that the photographer had a little more technical skill — the lighting on a lot of these is really unfortunate (highlights blown out or shadow detail lost). It's clever and cute, but just a little more care in staging could have made the images a lot stronger.
posted by klangklangston at 7:47 PM on June 22, 2011


"Am I right in thinking that there's no digital trickery here, and she's just taking pictures of people trading clothes?"

There you go, deconstructing things again! ;)
posted by greenhornet at 2:32 AM on June 23, 2011


The one(s) with 3 people should have 6 photos, not 2.
posted by DU at 5:36 AM on June 23, 2011


Here's another similar sort of concept.
posted by mindless progress at 8:58 AM on June 23, 2011


Interesting concept. The guys look quite funny in tights and skirts :)
posted by headshotlondon at 6:25 PM on July 9, 2011


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